Virtual shows pay tribute to Humayun Ahmed

Cultural Correspondent | Published at 10:26pm on July 20, 2020

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Himu Paribahan, top, Mad Theatre organise virtual programmes to commemorate life and works of Humayun Ahmed on Sunday.

Different organisations paid tribute to late eminent writer, filmmaker and dramatist Humayun Ahmed on his eighth death anniversary organising virtual programmes due to the COVID-19 outbreak on Sunday.

Himu Paribahan, a platform of fans of Humayun Ahmed, and theatre troupe Mad Theatre streamed live programmes on their Facebook pages at 9:00pm.

Humayun Ahmed’s brother eminent cartoonist Ahsan Habib shared his memories of Ahmed at the programme organised by Himu Paribahan. The virtual show, titled ‘Ekjon Humayun Ahmed’, was anchored by Noor E Jannat.

‘We used to address Humayun Ahmed as dada bhai. He was a jolly minded person. Most people know him as a filmmaker, writer and dramatist but he was also a magician. When he was studying at Dhaka College, he paid more attention to learning magic than class,’ said Ahsan Habib.

‘When we were staying in Cumilla, he participated in a magic show that was aired on TV. We had no TV at our home. Our father rented a TV for watching the show. We along with the people from our locality watched the show,’ added Ahsan Habib.

Teacher of Northern University, Bangladesh Mahbuba Sultana entertained the audience rendering songs.

Besides, Himu Paribahan Chittagong branch streamed a video, titled ‘Tea Bag Art’, on the Facebook page of Himu Paribahan.

In the morning, two members of Himu Paribahan placed floral wreaths on the writer’s grave at Nuhash Palli following health guidelines due to the COVID-19 situation. Himu Paribahan Gazipur branch organised special milad and dua mahfil.

Members of the organisation planted trees in front of their houses across the country as part the initiative titled ‘Brikshabilas’.

Mad Theatre’s virtual programme, titled ‘Bhalobasi Humayun’, featured a discussion where filmmaker and theatre activist Nasiruddin Yousuff, chief of theatre troupe Bahubachan Taufiqur Rahman, poet Shakhawat Tipu and others shared their thoughts on Humayun Ahmed’s life and works.

The programme commenced with Amirul Islam Babul, a member of Subchan Natya Sangsad, rendering Humayun Ahmed’s song Morile kandish na.

‘Humayun Ahmed was my childhood friend. He liked to play several games including football. He won hearts of Bangla literature lovers with his first novel “Nandito Naroke”. Bahubachan premiered a theatrical adaptation of the novel in 1975. I also took part in the first show. Humayun Ahmed will live on through his works. I thank Mad Theatre for arranging this programme,’ said Taufiqur Rahman.

‘Readers were drawn to Humayun Ahmed because he could explain complicated matters in a simple way. The younger generation should follow in his footsteps,’ said Nasiruddin Yousuff.